- Posted on Sunday, 31 May 2015
Here’s something for the hopeless romantics in all us who fantasise about running away with our loves and saying ‘I do’ in a secret rendezvous. Photographer Alea Lovely and stylist Victorian Gardens inspire us today with this elopement shoot featuring intricately-draped wedding gowns by Hong Kong-based Vivian Luk and lush florals by Ellermann. To quote the wedding stationery, we "just love"!
A word from Alea…
“From engagement shoot session to honeymoon, we have created a fashion elopement storied editorial to inspire women to go with a little colour, and perhaps a few different gowns to accentuate their personalities and journey through the wedding process. All the gowns are made by the talented Vivian Luk.
Starting with a striking non-traditional high-low lavender gown for the couple’s mountain peak engagement session, we subtly coordinated the colours without being too matchy-matchy as a nice way to show how to bring a theme to your photo shoot without stifling each person’s personal style. We took this engagement session up just a notch by adding a flower crown and bouquet because who doesn’t love a reason to carry a beautiful bouquet! The groom to-be wore a brown tweed vest and matching pants that complemented the natural lavender and green colour palette of the beautiful setting.
For the ceremony, we used a more traditional (in the colour sense) white gown, but when you look at the dress, it’s anything but ordinary. The gorgeous sheer sleeves, intricate detail and A-line structure are enough to make any bride feel like a princess. The custom gold flower crown added a vintage touch to this modern fairytale. It seems that more and more brides are opting for a second dress to be able to honor their traditions and personal style during their special day and so we chose a strapless reception gown which had a hint of blush for this look. In this shoot, we wanted to focus not only on the bride, but the groom as well, who needed to look just as stylish to rival such beautiful gowns.
The groom sported a grey velvet tie, complementing a fitted blue European-style suit. I think it’s important to think about the groom to ensure he is comfortable but also looks good.The day is about two people so both the bride and groom should look and feel as great as each other.
Sometimes we get very wrapped up in the details, so we wanted to simplify things for the bride who is looking for beauty that is more pared down. Flowers are a great way to make anything look more beautiful, and bouquets and centrepieces are stunning arrangements that can make any small gathering look glamorous.
I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a honeymoon photographer, and I know a lot of brides have that moment after it’s all over where they feel like it went by too fast. One way to extend your wedding bliss into your honeymoon is by having something like the gorgeous couture cape we featured as a statement piece that says to onlookers, “Hey, we just got married!” This piece was a perfect addition that gave our bride just a little more frosting for her honeymoon cake.”
Photography: Alea Lovely
Wedding Dresses: Vivian Luk
Accessories: Silk ribbon by Silk And Willow, tulle applique cape and gold hair band by Emmy Ray
Hair: Kelly Mak
Makeup: Gary Chung
Styling: Victorian Gardens
Stationery: Invitations and elopement sign by Announce This!, print by Lindsay Letters
Men's Attire Stylist/Model: Johan Khalilian